It was a clash for the top spot on the Res Rugby log at the Fanie du Toit Sports ground on Monday 12 March, when FNB Patria hosted FNB Vishuis. FNB Patria emerged victorious, beating FNB Vishuis 24-8.
In a repeat of the 2016 and 2017 Res Rugby final, all eyes were on FNB Vishuis who had won the competition on both occasions. However, it was the underdogs who came out on top for the first time since beating FNB Vishuis 15-13 in Bloemfontein in 2015.
Not long into the first half, FNB Vishuis opened the scoring through a try by Nieuwenhuizen and a successful conversion by Posthumus, which put FNB Vishuis 8-0 ahead.
A try by FNB NWU’s Gerik Mynhardt and a conversion by Maghiel le Roux, put both teams level. Soon after, Mynhardt got his second try of the game and another successful conversion by le Roux left FNB Vishuis chasing FNB Patria 16-8.
FNB Patria’s Shima Mphahlele put the final nail in FNB Vishuis’s coffin when he scored FNB Patria’s third try. Maghiel le Roux’s successful conversion left FNB Vishuis trailing 24-8.
When the final whistle blew, it was a moment of celebration as well as gratitude for FNB Patria who were undoubtedly the better team on the day. Pride, Passion and Guts (PPG) drive the Blues to better every week and the testament of every team members’ character was shown throughout the game on Monday.
An immensely proud FNB Patria captain Hendrik du Plessis says, “We went into this game thinking that it was just another game, and we handled it the same way we handle every other game. It was a tough match, they were hard on us and we were hard on them too but at the end of the day we were there to play rugby. Thankfully the boys did things right and we executed things properly, which helped us walk away with the victory in the end.”
The FNB Patria hostel came out in full force to support their team and Du Plessis believes this also played a huge role in the outcome of the game. He says, “When things got tough, the boys from the hostel got behind us and motivated us. When they started singing on the pavilion to get a vibe going, it was definitely beneficial for us. It made the game that much better.”
FNB Patria are set to take on FNB Huis Marais on 26 February 2018 at 16:45 at the Fanie du Toit Sports grounds.
FNB Player That Rocks: Burger Minnaar (FNB Patria)
FNB Patria: 24
Tries: Gerik Mynhardt (2), Shima Mphahlele (1)
Cons: Maghiel le Roux (3)
FNB Vishuis: 8
Tries: H Nieuwenhuizen (1)
Cons: H Posthumus (1)
FNB Patria: 15 Marnus Uys, 14 Shima Mphahlele, 13 Maghiel le Roux, 12 Lodewyk Muller, 11 JJ van Huyssteen, 10 GM Bruwer, 9 Riaan van der Spuy, 8 Hendrik du Plessis, 7 Cornelius Muller, 6 Rian Kotze, 5 Shaquille Cloete, 4 Burger Minnaar, 3 Marthinus de Villiers, 2 Gerik Mynhardt, 1 Almeru van Wyk.
Substitutes: 16 Christo Badenhorst, 17 Danie Wiese, 18 Carloux Ueckermann, 19 Jan Louis Senekal, 20 Heinrich Korff, 21 Armando van Wyk, 22 Danco Burger, 23 Brendan du Plessis.
FNB Vishuis: 15 J Taylor, 14 SJ Fourie, 13 W van der Watt, 12 D de Wet, 11 T Mei, 10 H Posthumus, 9 D Bubb, 8 G van Wyk, 7 H Nieuwenhuizen, 6 N van Heerden, 5 N Bosman, 4 D Sihle, 3 J Swanepoel, 2 R Strauss, 1 S Brits.
Substitutes: 16 C Pieterse, 17 WJ Kruger, 18 M Stander, 19 C Swanepoel, 20 B de Wet, 21 F Grobbelaar, 22 F Grobbelaar, 23 P Carol.